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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 01-24-2011, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Don't get me wrong, I love my XC, but the pop open saddle bags drive me crazy. Today I lost one of my new saddlebag liners (empty) and a pair of polar gloves because the left saddel bag popped open at some time during a ride. I was so excited because it's been so [email protected]#*&$ cold here and finally got a chance to go for a ride. Pulled up at a stop light and a guy pulled up next to me and told me the bag was open. It's happened before but I never lost anything.
I'm thinking of putting some sort of contact switch on the bags with a light close to the instrument panel that will turn on when the bags are open.

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Man that sucks you losing your liner! Maybe a good idea to lock them before moving out. But the light telling you they're open is a good idea!

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I had one of mine pop open on its maiden voyage. Didn't lose anything (that I know of), but have been very keen to assure that the latch is secure every time I close it now. Fortunately haven't had another occurrence since.

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Don't get me wrong, I love my XC, but the pop open saddle bags drive me crazy. Today I lost one of my new saddlebag liners (empty) and a pair of polar gloves because the left saddel bag popped open at some time during a ride. I was so excited because it's been so [email protected]#*&$ cold here and finally got a chance to go for a ride. Pulled up at a stop light and a guy pulled up next to me and told me the bag was open. It's happened before but I never lost anything.
I'm thinking of putting some sort of contact switch on the bags with a light close to the instrument panel that will turn on when the bags are open.
I hate to be a smart Azz but if you don't make sure your car doors are SHUT before you leave you could lose a passenger. Just close them untill you hear the click. Then lift up to make sure they are shut. EVEN a CAVEMAN could do it.
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I hate to be a smart Azz but if you don't make sure your car doors are SHUT before you leave you could lose a passenger. Just close them untill you hear the click. Then lift up to make sure they are shut. EVEN a CAVEMAN could do it.
No offense taken Wes. Unless you are talking about my heavy brow, excess hair and choice of fur
The thing that gets me is that I had ridden to a destination and never opened that bag. It happened on the way back from the destination. I was in the habit of locking and checking every time I rode. In this instance I had not locked the bag but did check to make sure it was closed before I left. I've heard other people say that the bags do pop open sometimes when they are latched but not locked.
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No offense taken Wes. Unless you are talking about my heavy brow, excess hair and choice of fur
The thing that gets me is that I had ridden to a destination and never opened that bag. It happened on the way back from the destination. I was in the habit of locking and checking every time I rode. In this instance I had not locked the bag but did check to make sure it was closed before I left. I've heard other people say that the bags do pop open sometimes when they are latched but not locked.
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I have never heard of that problem. If that is the case I apologize.
If you check the latches they are pretty forward. Just a spring that closes over the latch. I can't understand how if they are closed before you leave that they would open. I would guess that now you have had the problem you will check to be positive they are closed. If they come open after you are sure they are closed, then the complaint you have is valid.
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Yeah. It happened to me on my first ride too. The only thing that went missing was my registration so I turned around and went back to the dealership so they could print me up a new temp reg. It was also my way of saying "hey" someone should have mentioned something about making sure the latch clicked.

It the three months or so since; I've never had another bag lid come open. I just made a new habit of making sure they are latched right before I take off on the highway.

Bottom line. It's not a design flaw. It's user error.
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A friend of mine that also rides a 2010 XC, said he left one morning in the dark, for work. Got on it pretty good going up the road, then he noticed it got kind of 'squirly' up at 90 mph. Arrived at work,about 2 miles, and noticed the bag had popped open. Now he makes sure the bags click every time he swings his leg over.

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A friend of mine that also rides a 2010 XC, said he left one morning in the dark, for work. Got on it pretty good going up the road, then he noticed it got kind of 'squirly' up at 90 mph. Arrived at work,about 2 miles, and noticed the bag had popped open. Now he makes sure the bags click every time he swings his leg over.
I'm willing to bet your friend didn't latch it. If the bag's just closed, and not latched, it will stay closed until you hit a bump or the air pressure sucks it open. Simple as that. Your friend forgot to latch it. Unless your friend can latch it again, and get it to open on its own, this is just a case of "I thought I did it."

The bags will open if not latched. If you guys complain about this, Victory will start shipping the bikes with big warning labels on each saddlebag. And then we all wonder why we can't see the bike from all the labels.

I sometimes second guess myself on closing them. It's very easy to reach back, while riding, and pull the latch up to see if it's open. If it's open, just push it down. No need to pull over.

And those who want warning lights if the saddle's not latched, I have a question for you: Do you have lights on your home's main door if you don't latch it or lock it?

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Are the latches at all adjustable? The reason I ask is that my left side bag closes a bit easier with a definite "CLICK" whereas the right side bag you have to push on the lid a little harder only to get a miniscule "click".

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